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By Dr. Adrian Peterson

The following article was originally published in the Volume 2 #9 (November 16 1994) edition of the Radio News Bulletin, published by the Special Projects section of Adventist World Radio.) It appears here with permission of the author.


What is the smallest town in the United States that has a licensed local radio station?

Back in 1926, this exquisite honor went to the town of Vida in Montana, which is so small these days that it is not listed in Rand McNally. The radio station was KGCX with 10 watts on 240 metres (1250 kHz). A couple of years later this station moved to Wolf Point with 250 watts on 1310 kHz. Somewhere about the years of World War 2, this station moved again, this time to Sidney with 1 kW on 1480 kHz. It is still here today, but now with 5 kW.

Then, back in 1956, the town of Fisher with 250 people in West Virginia got its own radio station, WELD, with 500 watts on 690 khz. This station is still here today.

The doubtful privilege of being the smallest town with its own radio station was then eclipsed by Humble City in New Mexico. With all of its 65 people they got their own radio station in 1973. It was KCIA with 1 kW on 1110 kHz. This station has since become KYKK and it is still licensed to Humble City though it is located in nearby Hobbs.


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